We received several great questions about the work being done in the laundry room. So we are sharing the questions and responses with everyone.
First, this same exact work was already done for the 1st and 3rd rows of washers, earlier this year. The drains were overflowing on some lines, and backing up at times, causing puddles and creating a nuisance. We already knew the age of the lines. What we learned was there were only 6 drains into the main line, for all 14 washers. So, not only were the lines old, the layout was poorly designed and in some cases overloading the drains causing leaks and back-ups.
Below are two pics at different angles showing the old lines, with only one drain access line every few feet:
Below, you see in the first picture the replacement main line (black), and in the second pic you see that our plumber is installing copper drain access lines for each machine:
Above, the layout will now provide a separate drain for each machine. This was already done for the 1st and 3rd row of washers, which were having more frequent leaking events. Over the past two months, our plumber was focusing on the ’14 and ’15 tier’s Riser Project. With that winding down, he was able to schedule time to complete this final row, to hopefully prevent future overflows and backups.
ALSO – one person asked, “What’s the ‘HOT WORK IN PROGRESS’ warning label hanging near the workers location”, which is depicted below:
Great question. This ‘thingy’ is a “Hot Work Permit”. It is a safety procedure we go through, when any work is performed that requires fire, open flames, sparks, or molten materials. Literally any ‘HOT’ work. The permit has a checklist of safety procedures the employees need to go through, and then depending on the nature of the work, requires them to hang around to make sure the area does not smoke or ignite. It also requires the sign off of a supervisor so the work can begin.
This procedure was recommended by the Association’s insurance carrier, and is one of several things we do internally to reduce fire danger and promote worker safety.
Work is expected to be done Monday July 17th through Friday July 21st, replacing the original iron lines with copper. Repairs to the 1st and 3rd rows of washers, which were routinely problematic in the past, were completed earlier this year. In order to accommodate repairs to the 2nd row of washers, machines will be taken out of service between Monday and Friday, 07/17/17 – 7/21/17.
The balance of the laundry room and machines should be open and available for use.
This is the final phase of work we expect to be needed to get these drain lines running more reliably.
We apologize for the inconvenience and any delay this causes. Please contact the Management Office if you have any questions at 773-769-3250 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.